Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh 2015 Star Party Schedule

The Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh is pleased to invite you to the Wagman Observatory and to the Mingo Creek County Park Observatory for 2015 Star Party Season.

Date Mingo      Wagman
March 27, 28 Yes                                                      Yes
April 24, 25 Yes                                                       Yes
May 22, 23 Yes                                                       Yes
June 19, 20 Yes                                                       Yes
July 24, 25 Yes                                                       Yes
Aug 14, 15 10th Anniversary No star party
Aug 21, 22 No star party Yes
Sep 5  Dark Sky (late moonrise) Yes                                                       Yes
Sep 19 Yes                                                       Yes
Sep 27  Lunar Eclipse (Sunday night) Yes                                                       Yes
Oct 3  Dark Sky (late moonrise) Yes                                                       Yes
Oct 17 Yes                                                       Yes
Nov 7 No star party Mid-Autumn Star Party
Nov 14 Bundle-up Star Party No star party

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CANCELLED November 1, 2014 Wagman Star Party

Cancelled due to weather.

See large clusters of stars, beautiful colored double stars, visit the craters of the moon and view the planets Uranus and Neptune. It’s all part of the show during Mid-Autumn November Star Party sponsored by the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh. It’s the last scheduled public event for 2014 at Wagman Observatory. Read more

AAAP and Partial Solar Eclipse of October 23, 2014


The AAAP shared the eclipse at Wagman Observatory and at various locations around the Greater Ptttsburgh Region and beyond.  From Wagman Observatory for the eclipse member Matt Jones made this 10 frames per second time lapse video you may enjoy.

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AAAP Observatory Star Parties Saturday, October 11

As skies darken, bright planets Mars and Saturn appear. After the Sun sets see the dark sky yield views of “hard to spot” objects, followed by the stunning sight of Moonrise. AAAP opens both Wagman and Mingo Observatories to the public Saturday October 11, 2014 for  Moonrise Star Parties. Observe the autumn skies and watch the Gibbous Moon rise at 9:14 PM, EDT. Marvel at the wonders of the universe using the telescopes inside AAAP observatories and the member telescopes stationed outside. Read more

Saturday, September 27, 2014, Wagman and Mingo Observatories Invite Public to AAAP Star Parties

AAAP star parties at both Wagman Observatory and at Mingo Observatory on Satuday September 27,2014. Public is invited.

StellariumSWSept27at8PM screen capture, looking SW at 8PM: Bright star Antares, Mars, Saturn and the Moon form an interesting grouping. Above and to the right Antares shines.

More AAAP September 27, 2014 Star Party information:
Wagman Observatory
Mingo Observatory

Better Observing Techniques Classes at Wagman Observatory

Wagman Clear Sky Chart
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 Wagman Better Observing Techniques (formerly Starhopping) class is cancelled.
Monday, September 15, 2014 Wagman Better Observing Techniques(formerly Starhopping) class is cancelled, by Wagman Director Tom Reiland due to deteriorating conditions. 3:45PM 9/15/2014 Tuesday’s session September 16 is still scheduled.
Better Observing Techniques classes are scheduled Mondays and Tuesdays, Sept 15 and 16 and Oct 13 and 14 at Wagman Observatory. Classes begin at 7 PM.